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English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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Shakespeare, William--Marshall, John
FINELY CARVED MULBERRY WOOD CASKET, [C.1860]
220 x 160 x 120mm., the lid bearing  the arms of William Shakespeare surrounded by branches of mulberry, fruit and leaves, the edge with legend "FROM SHAKESPEARE'S TREE | AT NEW PLACE | STRATFORD ON AVON", sides with fretwork carving, the front inscribed "WS" with egg and dart carved base below, interior lined with velvet, brass hinges, with key
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Catalogue Note

A CASKET CARVED FROM SHAKESPEARE'S FAMOUS MULBERRY TREE, PLANTED IN HIS GARDEN AT NEW PLACE, STRATFORD-ON-AVON. John Marshall had a shop at 21 Chapel Street between the 1850s and the late 1880s, and was variously described in local trade directories as a "carver, upholsterer and house decorator" (1854), a "curiosity dealer" (1874) and a "dealer in antique furniture and curios" (1884). The shop was two doors from the site of Shakespeare's house, New Place, which had been demolished in 1759 by the Rev. Francis Gastrell, who had also cut down Shakespeare's mulberry tree three years earlier (allegedly to stop the constant stream of tourists knocking at his door). As well as using timber from the tree for smaller items, Marshall also used timber from the beams of one of the barns as another source of wood for many of his carved artifacts (see also lot 47, our sale of English Literature and History, 12 July 2016, and also lot 102, 13 July 2006).

English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, including The Garrett Herman Collection: The Age of Darwin

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London